the raven king by maggie stiefvater (the raven cycle, book 4)
overall rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
character development: 4
genre: YA, fantasy, romance
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
i have to admit, i don’t exactly feel the same way about this series that everyone else does. while everyone seems to LOVE it, i’m not the biggest fan. i did enjoy the first book, but books two and three fell short for me. however, i had to finish the series, so i did end up picking up this book. i definitely enjoyed the raven king more than i did books two and three, but i didn’t love it.
one of the things i do love about this series is the characters! they’re all super interesting and i seriously love their relationship. their group has quite a bit of drama and conflict at times, but i love their dynamic. i really wish we could learn more about the characters, since the narration feels really impersonal. as for character development, many of the characters definitely grow up during this final book. they realize things and do things they never could or would before.
the romance in this book is amazing! even though the characters are relativity subtle about their feelings, everything was super cute, and i loved seeing certain characters get together.
as with a lot of books i’ve reviewed lately, the world-building is a bit lacking. the raven cycle is set in our world (partially), but other locations and scenes aren’t explained very well, which is one reason i couldn’t enjoy this series. i was confused a lot of the time, which is never good, and i wish stiefvater had taken more time to explain cabeswater and other places more thoroughly.
the plot in this book is a lot better than in books two and three. the story really drags in those two, while this one is a lot more fast-paced. however, the middle is still a little slow. other than pacing, i think the plot twists are really unexpected, which is great.
finally, the writing is a lot better than i remembered it being in the other books, so i’m considering rereading the whole series and seeing how i feel after. stiefvater’s writing is very descriptive, but i felt bogged down by all the details in the other books. however, i didn’t have that problem with the raven king.
overall, the raven king is a satisfying conclusion to the raven cycle, and i’m very happy with the ending.
have you read this? what did you think?